“You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me.” (Exodus 30:30)
Not only must we be redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and cleansed from sin, but we must be anointed in order to worship God in a way that is pleasing to Him. The Lord Jesus told the woman at the well that God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Paul told the Philippians that we who are the “true circumcision”, that is, those whose hearts have been “circumcised” and identified as belonging to Christ worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh (Phil. 3:3).
The kind of worship which glorifies God is not worship conducted in our own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. Nothing done in the flesh can please God (cf. Romans 8:8), only that which we allow Him to do through us. Worshipping God under the anointing of the Holy Spirit is not some mystical privilege of a few “enlightened”, elite Christians separated from the rest of the Body of Christ. It is, in fact, something which every child of God may, and should, avail themselves of. The Lord Jesus said:
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13 KJV)
No ceremony is necessary, no laying on of hands, in order for a child of God to receive the Holy Spirit; those who are in Christ have already received Him (cf. Romans 8:9). Yet even though we receive the Holy Spirit the moment we come to faith in Christ, there is a difference between receiving the Spirit and walking under the anointing of the Spirit. Paul instructed the Galatians to walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). Jude gave counsel to pray in the Spirit (Jude 20). And, as we mentioned, Jesus commanded us to worship in the Spirit.
How do we live a life under the influence and anointing of the Spirit of God? We ask the Lord for His anointing. Not once, but continually, daily. Each day we can decide whether we will live that day in the strength of our own flesh or we will ask the Lord to fill us with His Spirit that we might live, walk, pray, and worship in His power. Every Christian has the privilege of offering up worship under the anointing of God’s Spirit and glorifying the Lord through the sacrifice of praise. We have only to ask.
To God goes all glory. In service to Him,
**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.
[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?”]